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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using Internet Archive TV News service.


Mitch McConnell
U.S. Senator (R-Kentucky), Senate Majority Leader
MSNBCW 05/07/2015
Wagner: Following today’s ruling Senator majority leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans defended the program and pushed for its reauthorization. McConnell: According to the CIA had these authorities been in place more than a decade ago, they would have likely likely have prevented 9/11. Burr: Why in the world would we think about rolling back the tools that are the only tools that put us post- 9/11 versus pre- 9/11? Rubio: One day, I hope that I'm wrong but one day there will be an attack that's successful and the first question out of everyone's mouth is gonna be why didn't we know about it? And the answer better not be because this Congress failed to authorize a program that might have helped us know about it.
Mitch McConnell
U.S. Senator (R-Kentucky), Senate Majority Leader
KQED 05/22/2015
Presiding Officer in the House: The yeas are 338 and the nays are 88. Woodruff: The bill that passed the House is the U.S.A. Freedom Act. It replaces bulk collection of phone records, with case-by-case searches. But senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is firmly opposed to that measure. McConnell: The untried and as of yet non-existent bulk collection system envisioned under that bill would be slower and more cumbersome than the one that currently helps keep us safe. At worst, it might not work at all. Woodruff: McConnell favors a two-month extension of the patriot act, to buy time for a compromise. Another proposal calls for a shorter extension. Other republicans strongly disagree. Kentucky's Rand Paul held the floor for 11 hours Wednesday. Paul: I will not let The Patriot Act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged.
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